LEGAZPI CITY, July 29 (PNA) -- Albay Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda said Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas had called him earlier Wednesday during the meeting of the core group of his campaign at Balay in Cubao, Quezon City and told him that President Aquino had anointed the DILG chief and "given the go signal".
Salceda said in a phone interview that the formal announcement will be made at 9 a.m. Friday at the historic Club Filipino.
He said LP members, mostly governors, congressmen, city and town mayors are being invited together with civil society organizations.
"I am still hoping that Grace Poe will agree to be the running mate for vice president," the Albay chief executive said.
Based on the meeting, he said, he guessed he would be making robust inputs to the national campaign, aside from being regional LP chairman, based on his discussions with Mar.
Salceda, who is still in Manila, said he expected Roxas to leave the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to concentrate on his campaign and party building.
After the endorsement, some 1,000 LP members will congregate on Tuesday at the Gloria Maris.
This will be followed by a meeting with the governors, and on Tuesday, Roxas will meet CSO leaders.
Salceda believes that the anointment of Roxas by the President would improve his rating from 13 percent to 16 percent.
He also believes that a Mar-Grace tandem would be a perfect match, saying both have the same aim and focus, which is "good governance." (PNA) RMA/FGS/MSA/CBD/EDS